With Christmas right around the corner, you've probably made a good dent in your shopping list for all of those important family, friend, and colleague presents. But have you tackled the tough task of purchasing a hostess gift? This is often one of the most challenging gifts because:
You don't want to go overboard
But you don't want to look cheap
You want your gift to be memorable and unique
You may not know the host as well as other people on your gift list.
You can't go wrong with these foolproof holiday hostess gifts:
Scoutmob has a slew of ornaments and gifts for home. We love this state outline ornament, which brings a bit of customization to your host's tree without the expense, or the wait of a personalized item. Just $21.
A pre-mixed and ready-to-bake desert is a nice touch - especially if you have a cherished recipe you want to share. Don't fret if you aren't a baker - you can get a bunch of easy ideas to pull off this dessert here. Then, load it into a mason jar for a homey touch.
Or, pick up a ready-made version from Mason Jar Cookie Company.
Clever Yet Functional
How's your host's sense of humor? These Twisted Wares Hang Tight Towels bring some cheeky humor and some function - they're popular not only for their fun sayings, but also because their unique fastening solution means they won't end up on the floor. $14 at Amusespot. Call (702) 857-8212.
Make a statement with these Love Who You Want Coasters. The set of four is from the house of Christian Lacroix and melds haute couture and contemporary design—perfect for a host with a sense of style. $95 at Amusespot. Call (702) 857-8212.
Engage the Brain
A good brainteaser is always welcome, especially when it comes in the form of these "handcrafted, intellectual, artistic, mind-boggling iron hand puzzles" designed by a "museum-trained blacksmith…to retain the look and feel of hand-forged ironware." These Tavern Puzzles are just $22 from The Grommet.
Something Special For The Kitchen
A Little Art, A Little Function
Made of metallic copper overglaze on earthenware and including a groove for easy hanging, this trivet will come in handy for your host, and look great doing it. $54 from Xenia Taler
Something Thoughtful for the Kitchen
World Market is a treasure trove for unique gifts from around the world. These vintage-style pie servers will be put to good use during the holidays, and special occasions for years to come, and they're only $19.98 for a set of two.
Get a Little Artsy
An artistic friend will appreciate this Sky Umbrella- especially if she lives in an area being affected by El Nino. $40 at the MoMA Store.
A Family Affair
This chalkboard table runner kit might just be the perfect gift for a hostess with children. Break it in by sliding it down the middle of the kids' table and letting them get creative while you're visiting over a glass of wine. $12–34 at Uncommon Goods.
If that wine is calling out for a better showcase, pick up this fancy Twist Decanter from Uncommon Goods, which doesn't just look good—it also aerates the wine.